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Chad On Film: “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Is Great

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Chad On Film
Chad Ackerman, our resident film critic and a member of the bands Chapter 14 and Austrian Death Machine, went to see the one movie I’m dying to see this holiday season, and not surprisingly, he enjoyed it immensely

I have not read the books from the “Millennium Series” by Stieg Larsson, nor have I seen the original three Swedish films from the Yellow Bird production company — but I did see David Fincher’s film adaptation of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” last night, and bravo David…bravo.

Noomi Rapace played protagonist Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish films, and I honestly have no idea how well she did. I do know that Rooney Mara (Erica Albright in “The Social Network”) plays Salander in Fincher’s version, and she is amazing.

Sometimes I would have to remind myself that it was actually Rooney. The last time this happened to me in a theater was when Heath Ledger played Joker in “The Dark Knight.” Seriously — Rooney’s accent, look, and acting blew me away.

Fincher is no virgin to having strong female roles in his films. His first major film that put him on the map was “Alien 3,” the bloodiest of the “Alien” movies, with Sigourney Weaver and her freshly shaved head. He used Jodie Foster as the lead in “Panic Room,” where she played a badass mom protecting her daughter. Now, with “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” Fincher has given us his view of Lisbeth Salander. Rooney, too, has given us her view of Salander, and just like peanut butter and jelly, they compliment each other very well.

There are some very uncomfortable scenes in the movie that would be hard to act out for any actor, and Rooney definitely pulls it off. I do not want to give any of the movie away, being that I knew little about it before I saw it, but it gets pretty gnarly.

Daniel Craig plays Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist and another main character in the film. For me, Daniel is always good. You could seriously put him in anything, and he will adapt himself to it. I guess George Clooney and Brad Pitt were eyeballing the role, but I am glad that Daniel got it. He made me believe everything he said and did, and I love when you can sympathize with characters in film.

Even if you have not worn their shoes, it is great when an actor can take you there, and Craig does. Rooney does as well.

The soundtrack for Fincher’s last movie “The Social Network,” was done by none other than Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor collaborated again with Atticus Ross (composer, “The Book of Eli”). Their collaboration brought a mood to “The Social Network” that made the movie darker and more erie. It also brought them home an Academy Award and Golden Globe. Both Ross and Reznor’s composing brought the same darkness to Fincher’s scenes in “Girl.”

I admit, I am a huge Nine Inch Nails fan, but the movie would not be the same without Trent and Atticus’ contribution. I hope that their work in “Girl” is noticed and awarded as well.

David Fincher has a way of making slow pace sequences creep up on you, and then he brings you to the edge of your seat before you even understand what happened. It is usually a gradual build that smacks you in the face and says “Did you forget — I am the Fincher!?”

Let’s not forget that this is the guy who brought us “Seven.” Everyone always talks about the head in the box, but the knife-penis is what made me cringe. Great directors make you talk, make you feel, and make you rock out. David’s version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is great. I recommend that you go to a theater near you to get smacked in the face by it.